I'm typing this with 9 fingers because I did something fast(and careless) 3.5 weeks ago. I was splitting firewood with (my brother)-and it really shouldn't have been a TWO person thing! I had some larger oaks blow over during the winter and some of them were in the neighborhood of 5-6 ft. in circumference. I cut the chunks about 20" long which would fit my out door boiler nicely, and will easily fit into my splitter when in the vertical position. Because we couldn't lift them individually, we made kind of a railroad of branches on the soft floor of my woods and rolled them to the splitter. I put a skid against the front of the splitter head so we could wrestle them against the bar and start splitting. What I didn't anticipate was the skid had not yet settled into the soft earth and was about two inches higher than the head of the splitter. The first large section we rolled onto the skid, and then started to turn it on end into the bar, flopped into position catching the last joint of my left middle finger between it and the CUTTING wedge!! I jerked it free and removed my glove to see the end of my finger TOTALLY mangled. The ER doctor put 8-9 stitches in it "whereever he presumed" it to be deeply cut(which seemed to me to be everywhere!). Xrays showed the bone in the last joint to be broken. A tetinus shot, some gauze, a split, and two prescriptions later, I drove home to spend one of my most miserable nights. The finger today looks like holy hell but is starting to heal up-finally. I write this to warn everyone to be careful and "look(and think), before you leap"-so to speak when working with a log splitter-or any other moving equipment. Something like this can ruin you golf game-or your fishing trips for a long time.